Friday, May 29, 2009

Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle - In Ouagadougou?

Note: There is a picture associated with the below news item on Yahoo News featuring the hand of a woman math teacher.

What does a teacher in Ouagadougou (the capital of Burkina Faso) got to do with the Iraqi student who should have been shown instead? So much for some western media's contorted reporting!

"A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years, Swedish media reported on Thursday.

In just four months, Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, the Dagens Nyheter daily said.
Altoumaimi, who came to Sweden six years ago, said teachers at his high school in Falun, central Sweden were not convinced about his work at first.
"When I first showed it to my teachers, none of them thought the formula I had written down really worked," Altoumaimi told the Falu Kuriren newspaper.
He then got in touch with professors at Uppsala University, one of Sweden's top institutions, to ask them to check his work.
After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala.
But for now, Altoumaimi is focusing on his school studies and plans to take summer classes in advanced mathematics and physics this year."
Iraq-born teen cracks maths puzzle, May 28, 2009


At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can understand Iraqis feeling some sort of national pride at the accomplishment of this young maths student. It is the sort of thing people enjoy when their national team wins a match.

I do think it odd that we allow the actions of others to impact our emotions in this way... do we feel equally moved by the shameful actions of one of our compatriots?

Anyway - congratulations to all Iraqis on this rare achievement by someone you never knew - who just happened to be born in the same geographic region as you.

I won't blame you for the "achievements" of some of the other people who have risen to prominence from that same area.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Sammy Haddad said...

Dr. Khaddouri.. would you mind sharing your email address please..would like to send you a message

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My email address is:


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